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Wishing you an otterly awesome Fourth of July!
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Plankton of the world, beware! The melibe sea slug sweeps its hood through the water to catch tiny drifters. Learn more: http://mbayaq.co/1tvSA5y
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Nom nom! Our roly-poly penguin chicks are growing up fast behind the scenes! Born in May, the chicks are healthy and eating well! Learn more about these young fluff balls: http://mbayaq.co/1KSJCXI
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Share your selfie and say YES to a plastic-free ocean! Take a photo while shopping with your favorite reusable bag and post it to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social platforms, with the #MyBag or #MiBolsa hashtag to show your support of California's plastic bag ban.

Read the full story on our Conservation & Science blog: http://mbayaq.co/1LFYhJv
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It's National "Get into Your Sanctuary" Weekend! Find your local marine sanctuary and dive in: mbayaq.co/1e02CJp ‪ (@ Bill Morgan)
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Giant Pacific octopuses sometimes get attached to their aquarists—in a good way! ‪#‎CephalopodWeek‬
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This #PhotoArkFriday  meet the Dunlin! A common bird with uncommon beauty: http://mbayaq.co/1C6yKpA
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Evenings by the Bay begin this weekend! Join us for extended summer hours and a great lineup of music on Saturday and Sunday nights through Labor Day weekend. 
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We just added 15,000 new sardines to our Open Sea exhibit! Catch the swirling, sparkling action on our live cam: http://mbayaq.co/SkpVDa
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Start your Monday with some mischief! Watch our Sea Otter Cam: http://mbayaq.co/1kFT7Qy
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#CephalopodWeek is ending today, but it's always a cephalo-bration in our Tentacles special exhibition! Have you seen it yet?
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Visiting this summer? Our new deck show takes to the water to show the history of Monterey Bay.
Turning the Tide: The Story of Monterey Bay Performed in and around our Great Tide Pool, our new deck show tells the stories of the people who immigrated to Monterey to harvest our bay’s abundant...
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886 Cannery Row Monterey, CA 93940
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AquariumToday 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am – 6:00 pmTuesday 9:30 am – 6:00 pmWednesday 9:30 am – 6:00 pmThursday 9:30 am – 6:00 pmFriday 9:30 am – 6:00 pmSaturday 9:30 am – 6:00 pmSunday 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
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The mission of the non-profit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans. Perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline, the Aquarium is your window to the wonders of the ocean. It’s located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is open daily except Christmas Day. For more information about our animals and exhibits, and to view our live web cams, please visit www.montereybayaquarium.org. Hours of operation vary by season. Daily schedules are also available on our website or by calling (831) 648-4888.
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Well-known aquarium on a rocky coastline with exhibits ranging from otter habitats to touch pools.- Google
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a month ago
THE best aquarium I've ever been to. World class! Must-see attraction in California. It was very crowded on my visit but I still learned a lot and the animals looked to be tranquil and in good health with plenty of room to roam/swim. The exhibits are some of the most elaborate and educational I've ever seen. They took tremendous steps to display the interesting history of the aquarium and I appreciated that a lot. Get there early to find parking somewhere and expect to pay a lot to park, especially of you use their garage. I will recommend a visit here to anyone that visits the area!
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Candela Fernandez
4 months ago
Great visit, located at the end of Cannery Row it has the perfect sized to visit everything in one day. There were lots of different animals and plants in their habitats, I particularly loved the jellyfish exhibit as well as the seahorses, who knew there were so many different kinds!. And what to say about the otters? I had a great time watching them play in the pool and then late enjoyed their film about the rescue of a baby otter. The gift shop was also worth a vist. Would love to visit the aquarium again.
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Linda Hoffman
3 months ago
Years ago we went to the Aquarium with our sons and enjoyed all the exhibits - the jellies, the otters, the kelp forest, etc. All of that is still wonderful, but now seems to be overshadowed by animation, music, food, and shopping. As a result, navigating through the exhibits and enjoying them is far more difficult and results in people more interested in playing, taking selfies, and watching the animation than the live exhibits. Children and adults pound on the exhibits, take flash photos, and spend more time standing in front of an exhibit to take their own selfie or just take a picture than viewing the creatures. It seems that the Aquarium by allowing this has lost sight of its mission. Why is it necessary to have all of this junk? It seems that the aquarium is so now caught up in entertaining at the expense of letting visitors appreciate nature. What an incredible disappointment.
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Response from the owner - 3 months ago
I’m sorry that you found your aquarium visit to be less than inspiring. Our exhibits team works hard to create experiences that entertain, inspire and educate our visitors of all ages – with the opportunity to be inspired by living animals at the heart of all we do. That said, we incorporate videos, music, photos and live presentations so that we can reach the largest audience possible. Our mission is always to inspire conservation of the ocean. We survey our visitors frequently to make sure that we’re not missing the mark. While it may not have come through during your spring break visit, for the vast majority of our visitors, a day spent at the Aquarium is fun, enlightening, educational and inspiring—not only for groups visiting with children, but for adult-only groups as well. We are always trying to improve – and we especially appreciate your feedback regarding flash photography. I’ll pass your observations along to our staff on the floor. Thanks again and we hope to see you again soon (perhaps during a quieter season).
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Rachel Sa-onoy
2 months ago
Always a nice break coming here. There is something for everyone here, for the kids, teens, adults. You will enjoy your time here whether it's learning about the ocean, creatures, the coast line, must visit at least once. The only downside is not a whole lot of food choices inside but you're in Cannery Row, where there's plenty of shopping and restaurants as well!
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Karin Colinet
a month ago
I initially found the admission price a bit steep but after the visit I must say I felt it was thoroughly worth it. This was by far the best aquarium I've ever visited and overall one of the best museums/exhibits I've ever taken my kids to (8 and 4 years). They both loved it!! In addition to the various sea creatures on display it is full of hands-on, imaginative things for the kids to do and some of the best multi-media displays I have ever seen. So varied and interesting and fun. The jelly-fish tanks were a-m-a-z-i-n-g. The only negative point was that we should have arrived earlier as the 4 hours we spent there were just not enough. We will have to come back...
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D. Anger
3 months ago
The ONLY reason I gave a 2 Star rating... is because of the $40 Price for Adults. Highway robbery isn't really prevalent in downtown Monterey, until you pay the admission fee of the Aquarium. It's not like you get a Free Gold Fish or get to see the Giant Squid or the Coelacanth. Sure, it's a very nice aquarium. But, the price is ridiculous.
Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Thank you for your review! We apologize that you found the admission high and would like to tell you about what your admission goes towards. Our aquarium is among the best in the world---to many people, it's the best. We believe we know why, and intend to take the steps to stay there. This means creating new exhibitions every year, upgrading others, and sharing new species. Your admission fee means we can make improvements in caring for our animals. As a non-profit, we're also committed to free education programs for 90,000 schoolchildren and teachers a year, to doing more conservation research, and growing our successful national Seafood Watch program and other ocean policy initiatives. We invest more in ocean education, research and advocacy than any other aquarium in the world. We also provide free admission and special programs for a quarter-of-a- million people during the year. All this comes with a price, and our current admission fees allow us to do this work! - Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Mark Honer
4 months ago
My son's cub scout pack was slated to sleep over at the aquarium last night. After leaving work early and driving through three hours of heavy traffic we arrived right at our designated check-in time of 7:00pm. While we expected an orderly and well managed check-in process we discovered a completely chaotic scene with no information, no signs and no communication from your staff. Our check-in time was listed as 7:00pm to 8:00pm and we did not see any progress or announcements during this time. After waiting for an hour with my eight year old son starting to become hypothermic in the drizzling rain we gave up in frustration and disgust and left to go home. I am still in disbelief at how poorly organized this event was and frustrated that we had to drive nearly five hours, and pay $170 for tickets that we did not have an opportunity to use. It was as if everyone at the aquarium had called in sick leaving a single person to check in about 300 people. I ended up buying my son a stuffed toy at the parking garage and driving two hours back home as he was falling asleep. We were both very disappointed we did wasted an evening driving and did not even get to set foot inside the aquarium.
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Response from the owner - 4 months ago
We are sorry to hear about your recent experience with our program. Rest assured, this is an isolated incident and we apologize for the service you experienced. Please contact us at equarist@mbayaq.org so we can hear your concerns and make sure we address this properly. We look forward to hearing from you.
Alejandra Berumen
2 months ago
My two year and I have been 6 times since he was 3 months and each time has been amazing. He notices something new every time. As soon as I drive home, 4 hours, I am already planning the date of our return